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Occupational Health

NIOSH urges collaboration to capitalize on elusive workers’ compensation claims data

January 21, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A new primer from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies explains how insurance claims data could be used more effectively to help prevent occupational injuries and illness.

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Topics: occupational health, industrial, EHS, absenteeism, human resources, OSHA recordkeeping

Controlling the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace

September 23, 2013 - Posted by Langdon Dement

Infectious disease risks often pose a serious problem in the workplace. From the seasonal flu to respiratory diseases, a plethora of infectious diseases is responsible for worker illnesses, and in worse-case scenarios, death.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, Featured, employee health, OHS, illness prevention, worker fatigue, bloodborne pathogens, absenteeism, workplace wellness, OSHA recordkeeping

Turning employee health and safety record keeping to your advantage

August 12, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Employers can perceive mandatory record keeping as either a burden or an opportunity.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, OSHA 300, occupational safety, injury prevention, EHS, OSHA recordkeeping

Home healthcare industry loses $684 million to employee injuries

May 14, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Home healthcare employee health and safety at a glance:

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, OHS, hospital, workers' compensation, bloodborne pathogens, OSHA DART rate, OSHA recordkeeping

Employee injury/illness rates in nursing and residential care 3X national average

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Nursing and Residential Care Employee Health and Safety at a Glance

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping

Lost-time employee injuries cost healthcare billions

January 14, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides healthcare (NAICS 62) into three sectors: Ambulatory Health (NAICS 621); Hospitals (NAICS 622); and Nursing and Residential Care (NAICS 623).

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping

Workers' Compensation: De-stressing depositions in contested cases

August 27, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Bill Newkirk

I used to give weekly depositions on the status of patients who were referred to me for the resolution of contested workers’ compensation cases.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, worker fatigue, workforce, employees, human resources, workplace, OSHA recordkeeping

DART rates and nursing homes

May 17, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents, I’m looking at Nursing Care Facilities (NAICS 623110), commonly referred to as nursing homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “These establishments have a permanent core staff of registered or licensed practical nurses who, along with other staff, provide nursing and continuous personal care services.”

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, workforce, employees, ergonomics, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Targeted for an OSHA inspection this year?

May 03, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In a September 9, 2011 directive, Federal OSHA details their Site-Specific Targeting 2011 Inspection Plan. In short, if you fit the profile outlined in the 46-page directive, you should expect a comprehensive inspection this year. The program does not include construction worksites, and the eligibility threshold is changed from 40 employees to 20.

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, injury prevention, illness prevention, OSHA DART rate, workforce, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Injury and illness prevention programs - a look at OSHA's recent whitepaper

March 27, 2012 - Posted by Bill Grana

In the summer of 2010, OSHA held the first in a series of stakeholder meetings on its ambitious proposal to adopt an Injury and Illness Prevention Program standard.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, employees, human resources, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor